Rancho Naturalista “Home of the Snowcap”

Main building at Rancho Snowcap

Introduction: Rancho Naturalista is considered to be one of the finest birding lodges in Central America. Rancho is known for its peaceful forest surroundings, comfortable well-kept rooms, excellent meals, family style atmosphere, knowledgeable resident bird guide(s), extensive trail system in pre-montane rainforest, banana and hummingbird feeders for the birds, bird bathing pools, and a bird list for the area of over 400 species, (see checklist). With all of that you can see why it is a favorite destination for birders and wildlife enthusiasts from around the world! Location: Rancho Naturalista is SE of San Jose, 2 ½ hours by vehicle. Its location allows for birding day trips into the adjacent lowlands, middle elevations, and highlands thus providing an even greater diversity of habitats and wildlife.

Room Interior Lounge at Rancho

Accommodations: Rancho Naturalista consists of 14 comfortable and well maintained rooms, all with hot water and private bathrooms. Several of the rooms come with an amazing view of the valley. Balanced, nutritious meals are served family style in the dining room in the main lodge and the water at Rancho is safe to drink as well. Internet access is available via Wifi but you will need to bring your own laptop.

Climate: Rancho Naturalista is located at an elevation of 3,000 feet on the Caribbean slope allowing for mild temperatures in the day and perfect sleeping conditions at night. Rain can occur at anytime but it is expected in the afternoons from May through October, with a break sometime in July to mid August.


Rancho Naturalista – All Inclusive Rates


Low Season Rates: Apr 15 – Dec 14

  • Double occupancy. $160.00 USD per person, per night.

High Season Rates: Dec 15 – Apr 14

  • Double occupancy: $200.00 USD per person, per night.

Single Supplement: The single supplement of $30 per night from Apr 15 – Dec 14 and $50 per night from Dec 15 – Apr 14 is waived when you stay in certain designated rooms, all with private bathrooms.

Montezuma Oropendola Displaying
Price Includes:

  • Lodging.
  • 3 delicious meals per nights stay.
  • Coffee, tea, and fruit juice (sodas and alcoholic beverages are extra).

Guests enjoying lunch

Other activities or services at an additional cost:

  • Knowledgeable Bird Guide for portion or throughout your stay
  • Birding in nearby Tuis Valley.
  • Birding in nearby Silent Mountain.
  • Day tour to Tapanti National Park.
  • Day tour to Irazu Volcano National Park.
  • Day tour to Indian ruins at Guayabo National Monument.
  • Visit to Lankester Gardens in Paraiso (can be combined with
    Irazu or Tapanti).
  • Whitewater rafting on the Reventazon or Pacuare Rivers.
  • Laundry Service at reasonable rates.


Reservations: Rancho Naturalista reservations can be made directly through Costa Rica Gateway at no extra cost.

Birding and Wildlife Attractions/Specialty Birds of Rancho Naturalista